Indigenous Bachelor of Social Work (IBSW)

The IBSW is a speciality degree that applies Indigenous knowledge and pedagogies to social work practice.

Program Details

As a member of the First Nations Adult and Higher Education Consortium (FNAHEC), Yellowhead Tribal College plans to deliver an Indigenous Bachelor of Social Work degree that applies Indigenous knowledge and pedagogies to social work practice. Graduates of this program qualify for employment in all areas of social work provincially, nationally, and internationally. 

Mode of Delivery

The YTC IBSW program is a full-time program delivered through the learning circle model. Courses will be delivered Friday evenings from 5 pm - 9 pm and all day Saturdays from 8 am - 5 pm. This mode of delivery will allow both employed and full-time funded students to complete the program.

Program Admission Deadlines

For the September 2019 intake, YTC will begin accepting applications and documents in January 2019

Because the Indigenous Social Work Diploma Program is cohort-based, we admit a group of students only once every two years. The next intake is for Fall 2019

For further information on this program, please contact:

Gino Restivo, Program Head
780-484-0303
gino.restivo@ytced.ab.ca

Admission requirements

All applicants must: 

  • Possess an accredited diploma in Social Work, a diploma in Indigenous Social Work is preferred. Applicants with a non-Indigenous Social Work Diploma must have a strong Indigenous foundation in their practice or diploma, and other non-social work courses or degrees. 
  • Complete and submit to YTC the social work package which can be printed from the website, below.
  • Complete a YTC application and submit the application fee.

Information on the IBSW

Courses offered in Indigenous Social Work program


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